Saturday, April 09, 2011

10 Things to Learn from Japan: The Source.

A friend sent me an email this morning titled, "10 Things to Learn from Japan". It was a list on how the Japanese are coping with the tragedy of the earthquake and tsunami. I also have a link to the original source, which took me more than 45 minutes to research. It is worth the read and will humble you to ask yourself the question, How do I want to be in such a tragedy and how do I want other Americans to be as well? Here's the list, then the link:

10 things to learn from Japan:

1. THE CALM
Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.

2. THE DIGNITY
Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.

3. THE ABILITY
The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn't fall.

4. THE GRACE
People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.

5. THE ORDER
No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.

6. THE SACRIFICE
Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?

7. THE TENDERNESS
Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.

8. THE TRAINING
The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.

9. THE MEDIA
They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters. Only calm reportage.

10. THE CONSCIENCE
When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly.
Strength of one's character is reflected in one's behaviour at the crucial moment.
Character of people is what makes the character of a nation.

Here is the link to the story run by Sky News of the U.K on March 21st, 2011. This is definitely worth the read!

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2 Comments:

Blogger gjaquette said...

Charles- I love the sentiment, and was equally curious about the origin but don't find it at this link. How did you determine it was originally posted by Sky News?

8:19 AM  
Blogger Charles Amico said...

Glaquette, I looked up every Google reference until I found the one with the earliest date. It came from the Sky News article I have referenced in the Blog post.

7:51 PM  

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